GGP 350 Geographic Info Systems (GIS)
F2J 2009 PV
(Masters student, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville)BA Geography, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Oct 19 – Dec 13, 2009
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: Mastering ArcGIS
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Educational Philosophy: Student learners are required to read assigned materials before the next class and are expected to come to class prepared to discuss and evaluate those assignments. Discussion is encouraged in this class so we all progress toward learning with collaborative, problem-solving attitudes. Laboratory exercises assigned are intended to develop your analytical and practical skills to better prepare you for success; value them and plan to spend additional time outside of the scheduled class sessions in the GIS Lab room.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment Description & Instructions
The Core Assessment for this course is meant to be an in-depth exploration and evaluation of the application of GIS technology to a particular problem/need that has recently been attempted. You should choose a specific application that is related to your interests and write a 10-12 page research paper in which you:
1) Introduction: Clearly identify the problem/need and how GIS specifically assists in solving/addressing this issue,
2) Data Analysis: Analyze the types of data that were used for this application (How much of it is readily available? Does this application require special data collection techniques?), [CLO#3; Analysis]
3) Techniques Discussion: Identify and describe the types of GIS operations and spatial analysis procedures that have been performed with the data (In particular, focus on discussing those operations that were used that we have learned about in this course), [CLO#1; Application]
4) Evaluation: Evaluate this application of GIS to this particular problem/need (How successful is GIS at addressing the problem/need? How significant are the solutions/answers that GIS is currently able to help provide for this issue? Are there limitations or common problems/issues encountered in the application of GIS to this topic? If so, what are they? Do you think GIS is an appropriate tool for addressing this problem/need?), [CLO#4; Evaluation]
5) Conclusion: Discuss/propose additional ways in which you think the use of GIS could be extended with this application. [Synthesis]
6) Works Cited: List, alphabetically, any sources you cited within the paper (Note: You must have at least 8 different sources) using either APA or MLA documentation style. Be advised that this means you must also have used either footnotes or parenthetical citations within the paper itself.
The paper must be typed, double-spaced, standard 12-point font, 10-12 pages in length, with a minimum of 8 sources. All sources must be appropriately documented in a works cited page and you must use either footnotes or parenthetical citations within the text. You should include examples of maps, datasets, etc., that have been created with GIS for this particular application. Note: Figures, charts, diagrams, etc., do not count as part of the page requirement for this assignment.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Lab Assignments (8 @ 5% each)
Two Unannounced Quizzes (2 @ 10% each)
Grading: Final grades will be based on the following scale:
Late Submission of Course Materials: Weekly assignments submitted any time after the class period will be penalized 10% of the grade for each day they are late. Email submissions may be allowed if satisfactory reason is established.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Appropriate computer use policy can be read on page 57 of the Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog . General student conduct is expected to be professional and civil; assure distractions are kept to a minimum and attentiveness is upheld. Attendance is required. Communicate any related concerns to the instructor as soon as possible. Plagiarism or cheating will result in failing the course.
Introduction to GIS
Mapping GIS data
Lab – pg. 95
Intro, Chapters 1, 2
Lab – pp. 121 and 165
Chapters 3 & 4
Lab – pp. 203 and 237
Lab – pg. 264
Chapters 5, 6, & 7
Lab – pg. 511
Chapter 1 4
Lab – pp. 301 and 338
Chapters 8 & 9
Lab – pp. 371 and 405
Chapters 10 & 11
Chapters 12, 13, & 15
7:00 - 9:00pm
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95This is a condensed class and not abbreviated; therefore, student learner attendance is critical.
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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